I bought an external hard drive case with usb port model ME-320 (generic brand) and was a bit disapointed in the length of the internal ide cable.
The case supports mounting a 3.5 ide hard drive or a 5.25 cd drive.
Unfotunately, if you mount a 3.5 ide hard drive into the pre drilled holes the supplied internal case ide bus cable is not long enough to reach the back of the drive. It would likely work for a cd (which is over an inch in the case) but the hard drive is a no go.
The manufacturer appears to have tried saving 10 cents by making the cable 1 inch too short. Grrr.
I suspect all this model are this way (useless), but perhaps mine was made during a Monday morning factory run and the others are ok.
Anyway, I guess I will go buy a new cable but it is frustrating that the supplied cable in the case does not work out of the box. I am sure a desktop ide cable will work, but this is a hassle and a long destop cable will impede air flow in the case.
It would be great to know if another brand of external drive enclosure works out of the box without a hassle.
Anyone had similiar experience with this external enclosure or other brands?
Also, has anyone found any of the other external enclosures have any sort of rubber or gel mounting system to protect the drive from damage / vibration when you move the it from machine to machine? This one has no such innovation.